Quickies: Flipping the Bird, Scott Adams Has Horrible Opinions, and Lawrence Krauss



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  1. November 23, 2015 at 10:05 am —

    I don’t find the criticisms I’ve seen of Krauss’s A Universe from Nothing to be convincing, including the criticism linked here. They generally boil down to either:

    – Krauss’s definition of nothing isn’t really nothing.


    – We can’t know what came before our universe.

    The first may be true, but I don’t see how it’s relevant. It feels like a philosophical dodge.

    The second may or may not be true. I don’t think it’s a useful criticism of a potential explanation of the origin of the universe. I would see this as a legitimate criticism if Krauss were saying that he has proof that his explanation is correct. Has he done that?

  2. November 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm —

    I’m just going to leave this right here…

  3. November 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm —


    So according to Dilbert’s creator, not being able to rape women at will without consequence means that we live in a culture that unfairly favors women over men? Wow, I don’t think I’ll ever read Dilbert again!

    • November 24, 2015 at 1:04 am —

      Wish I could be surprised, but Adams has a history of saying incredibly stupid things. He’s the kind of person who’s so convinced of his own brilliance, he feels no need to fact-check; if Scott Adams thought it, it must be true.

      • November 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm —


        This is worse than just incredible stupid through. Its vile. Its basically saying that men have a right to rape women.

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